Ashes Cricket 2009
Ashes Cricket 2009 is a cricket videogame focused on The Ashes test cricket series. Other teams and game modes are included to make the game more diverse and interesting.
The Australian and English cricket teams are licensed while others are not licensed. So, other countries use generic names. But you can use the game edit feature to edit players to your taste. Two player co-op mode is available. You and your co-op player can trade strikes and bowls, thus building a formidable partnership to take on the game’s AI. Ashes Cricket 2009 is best enjoyed when you are playing offline multiplayer against others. This way, you don’t get frustrated by the game’s unpredictable AI.
Online multiplayer is also available. In the online multiplayer, you play ranked and friendly matches under various formats. You might have problems finding players online, but when you do so, you will enjoy the game. There main mode is the Ashes game mode consisting of 5 test matches between the two main countries taking place over 5 days. There is a test play mode that lets you choose from amongst 12 competing nations. One Day matches mode is a stripped-down version of Test cricket. 20 overs mode is a mode offering quick, rapid gameplay where you score fast as opposed to the slower Test games.
There is also a coaching mode where you can improve your fielding, bowling and batting skills. You will find the coaching mode highly useful. After completing the tutorial basics, you can partake in some bowling and batting challenges. The game features 5 commentators. Matches are challenging and quite frustrating. The game’s AI is clunky and unpredictable. Even when you pick the easiest difficulty mode, you can still get defeated easily.
There is a simulate function that allows you to skip several parts of the match allowing the game’s AI to take over. It is a 50/50 thing because sometimes, the AI performs well for you and other times it does not. If you allow the AI to take over your games, you forfeit trophies, venues and other unlocks.
Bowling is easy and the controls aren’t difficult. You simply select the direction of the pitch that you want the ball to go to and you watch the meter. You can trick the AI and multiplayer batsmen with your bowling. You can rotate players when bowling for better accuracy and results. Batting is fun and can be controlled in various ways. But you need to time your shots right. You might bat in the right direction but the ball might not go where you want it to. The confidence of your batsman also matters in how good your batting is. Ashes Cricket 2009 places a lot of focus on batting and bowling, and not much attention is given to fielding. To field, you nominate the end the ball will be thrown to once your player has picked it up. Simple quicktime events are used for catches. It’s all very elementary. Ashes Cricket 2009 might be difficult at first. But once you get used to the game, it shines. At that point you understand the tricks needed to win games, while still getting challenged by the game’s AI.
- Good coop
- Good array of game modes
- Good presentation and commentary
- Easy controls
- Too many bugs
- Unpredictably frustrating AI
Ashes Cricket 2009 makes a lot of efforts to be a great cricket game, but these efforts are marred by some glitches here and there. Hopefully, the latter Ashes Cricket games fix these issues.
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The Ashes Will have concluded by the time you read these words, so I'll guess you're either swilling down the champagne in various toasts to England's improbable victory in the fifth Test, or you're drowning your sorrows as Australia once again provoked a stunning middle order collapse from England's batsmen, and carried off the tiny urn back to the Antipodes for a few more years. If you just don't care about cricket, why are you even reading this? Go on, piss off out of it.
Now that's taken care of, the remaining lovers of willow and leather can ruminate on the following words. The next game in the much-loved Brian Lara series, Ashes Cricket 2009 is both an attempt to revive a forgotten brand and also a shameless effort to cash in on the hype surrounding the famous series. I can safely say that Ashes 2009 is the best cricket game money can buy, but I could equally say that there are a number of issues that still remain from the previous game (Brian Lara International Cricket 2007).
Some things have definitely been tidied up and it's now a more accessible game than before. Tutorials are provided by Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne through the Legends training mode, where you go through a series of challenges from basic batting and bowling to advanced techniques and strategies. By the time you get about halfway through these, you'll be itching to just get on with a proper game.
When its time to get started you'll find the usual raft of limited overs matches and full-on five-day Tests are available, as well as the Ashes itself. Graphics and presentation veer between good and drab, with the crowd looking rather sloppy, which is a shame. The gameplay is an improvement, with a more realistic feel to the batting, bowling and fielding. However, the AI still has a tendency to run itself out stupidly far too often and the continued lack of proper edges behind the wicket mean having a large number of slips is often completely pointless. We can appreciate it would be difficult to get thin edges simulated accurately, but without them, well, the game just isn't cricket. Nevertheless, Ashes Cricket 2009 is a decent game of cricket, marred by some classic issues. If you'd sorted out the persistent problem with the edges and runouts, you'd have got a much higher score, Codies.